Not only ‘Outstanding’, but ‘Exceptional’

The sun shone brightly on the stars of the BA(Hons) Key Stage 2/3 Religious Education degree course as they were awarded their degrees and celebrated their achievements.  As the self proclaimed ‘Best RE class ever!’ the 14 graduands were awarded their degree by the Chancellor, Professor Tanya Byrom, describing Edge Hill graduates as “not only ‘Outstanding’, but ‘Exceptional’!”

This indeed was our best year yet for Undergraduate RE students, with a third of graduates achieving a First class degree – and another half getting a II:i classification. One student, Chris Lawson, received a special award for the highest mark in the Faculty for a dissertation.  His study of primary to secondary transition in Catholic RE departments is likely to be published soon. Almost two-thirds of the group were judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in their final teaching practice and most have already secured employment for the next academic term – in primary and secondary settings.

You can watch the whole ceremony here:

 

PGCE Graduation success!

PGCE students from Edge Hill Celebrated their achievements with their Graduation Ceremony.  This year’s PGCE results were fantastic with everyone being rated at least ‘Good’ on their teaching practice and 94% ‘Outstanding’  Around three-quarters of the group already have Masters-level credits which they can take forward to their MA or MEd studies.

It was made an even more special occasion by two doctoral appearances – Mayer, a holocaust survivor who has been speaking to Edge Hill RE trainees since the first years of the course was awarded an honorary Doctorate.  It was also the first outing for Dr. Farrell’s Tudor Bonnet!!

You can watch the ceremony here!

Conferences Galore

Members of the RE team at Edge Hill have been busy presenting the findings of their research at conferences up and down the country.  Paul has presented his work on Using Twitter  with undergraduates at the SOLSTICE conference at Edge Hill.  At the CLIS Conference at Edge Hill Francis presented some of the early findings of his investigation into the attitudes and perceptions of boys in Skelmersdale and Maggie shared a paper on Learning through the socail media site Second Life.  Paul has also presented some collaborative work with Emma McVittie, on Using Guided Imagery to develop Spirituality at the International Childrens’ Spirituality Conference at UEA and the AULRE conference at St. Mary’s Twickenham.

Subject Network Launched

The Edge Hill RE Subject Network got off to a flying start as over 20 Mentors, Lecturers and Advisers gathered from around the Partnership.

In the morning session Sue Phillips introduced attendees to the Theatre of Learning, which the Undergraduate and Postgraduate students had enjoyed and valued earlier in the year.

After a bufffet lunch there was an opportunity for colleagues from Rose Bridge, Wigan and Witton Park, Blackburn to share good practice from their Farmington Fellowship Projects.

Over the next Academic year, the network plan to meet three times:

  • 7th November 2012 Twilight 4-6pm Byrchall High School – focus on SMSC and Literacy & RE.
  • 28th February 2013 Twilight 4-6 Venue TBA  – focus on Assessing Progress in RE
  • 4th July 2013 All Day Main Summer Network Meeting

The Network is open to all RE teachers, so book the dates in your diary and further details will follow.